|THE ADVANCE PARTY - Our Ian on the far left. Stewart back row far left. Frances third from|
left. The young woman in the blue dress is Charlotte - the maid of honour. The two fellows next to Ian
had come all the way from Wisconsin USA.
Last Sunday the wedding walk began at 1pm. There were lots of us. It was a diamond day and many had donned sunglasses. First across the main road and into Cressbrook Dale. We passed Peter's Stone that is pictured on the reverse of the beermat then we climbed up Tansleydale before crossing green farm pastures into the charming village of Litton.
There we had refreshing drinks outside "The Red Lion". After half an hour, the walk continued across more fields and down through the cool shade of woods to the bottom of Cressbrookdale once more.
I was in the advance party of fourteen but there were another thirty behind us. The advance party climbed the valleyside and headed into Wardlow as planned. Unfortunately perhaps, the slowcoaches continued along the valley bottom back to Peter's Stone and home to the barns that way - failing to spot clear guidance on the maps I had had printed. But it didn't matter too much.
The advance party stopped at Wardlow Church for snacks and drinks at "The Gingerbread Festival" - a smallscale affair arranged to raise money for church maintenance. There we all cheered when live mobile phone news told us that Ben Stokes had hit a four in England's cricket match at Leeds - to dramatically beat Australia in the third test! Hurrah!
|The Newly-Weds last Sunday afternoon|